Khabib Nurmagomedov explained why he finished Gaethje with a triangle, but not with an elbow lever
[/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text]The reigning UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, deliberately finished Justin Gaethje with a triangle choke, abandoning the idea of an easier to execute and less risky elbow lever.
“I spoke to Khabib yesterday, and he told me that he watched Justin’s interviews all week, in which he constantly talked about not knocking and not giving up,” Cormier said. “Once in the mount, it was easiest for him to make an elbow lever, his father’s favorite trick, but he did not want to injure Justin in front of his parents, so he threw a triangle and put him to sleep.”
“He told me this personally – I didn’t want to hurt him in front of my parents, and decided to put him to sleep. He didn’t want to break his arm because Justin wouldn’t give up. This is crazy – he thought about it at such a moment and made a decision. He didn’t want to upset his mother and father. “
After defeating Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi, Khabib Nurmagomedov announced that he was ending his professional fighter career.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSeIZQ1aQ84″ title=”Daniel Cormier reacts to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement at UFC 254 | DC & Helwani | ESPN MMA”][vc_column_text]
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